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Water level decreasing, except in Jamuna, Ganges-Padma

  • Published at 03:02 pm July 19th, 2019
File photo of Padma river

The water level of Ganges-Padma will rise in the next 48hrs

Water level in most of the rivers in Bangladesh, except Jamuna and Ganges-Padma, has been decreasing.

According to the Meteorological Department of Bangladesh and India, there is no chance heavy rainfall in the highland areas, in the next 24 hours, said a press release issued by Flood Information Centre of the Bangladesh Water Development Board yesterday.

Brahmaputra’s water level will continue decreasing and Jamuna’s water level might fall in the next 24 hours. On the other hand, the water level of Ganges-Padma will rise in the next 48 hours.

Within the next 24-hours, old Brahmaputra River, Jamalpur, and Sureshwar point of Padma River might cross the danger limits.

In Manikganj, the water level of the Jamuna River is increasing and is flowing 30cm above the danger level at Aricha point. With the rise of tides ferry operation were suspended between Paturia-Daulatdia routes, halting movement of hundreds of vehicles.   

At least 200 houses along with schools, vast cultivable lands were washed away by the river in the Daulatpur upazila. Hundreds of people have taken shelter in local schools in the Bachamara union.

In Sirajganj, the Jamuna River is flowing 99cm above the danger level. Locals are worried about the city’s embankment dam “Hard Point”, as dams all around the country are collapsing.

Md Shafiqul Islam, secretary of the Ministry of Water Resources, visited the dam and examined its condition yesterday.

He said: “A small portion of the dam at “zero-point” had sunken on Thursday night, causing locals to panic. We are monitoring the situation at all times.”

In Tangail, the flood worsened as the embankment dam collapsed yesterday in Tepibari adjacent to the Bhuapur-Tarakandi road in the district. The Jamuna River is at 99cm, the Dhaleswari River at 130cm and the Jhinai River at 79cm above the danger point.

District Water Development Board Executive Engineer said the collapsed dam was being repaired.

In Kurigram, around 2 lakh people remain waterlogged in nine upazilas of the district. They are suffering from shortage of food, shelter and drinking water.

In Gaibandha, flood water is receding in four upazilas while 12 unions in two new upazilas were flooded after a dam collapsed in the Gobindaganj upazila yesterday.

In Jamalpur, the overall flood situation in the district deteriorated further affecting about 12,70,000 people in 61 unions and six municipalities in all the seven upazilas in spite of the receding water level.

Water Development Board sources said during the last 24 hours the Jamuna dropped by 8 cm and was flowing 158 cm over the red mark at Bahadurabad Ghat point.

Our correspondents Motiur Rahman, Manikganj; Aminul Islam Khan, Sirajganj; Abdullah Al Numan, Tangail; Tazul Islam Reza, Gaibandha and Ariful Islam, Kurigram contributed to this report